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Arrangements had been made to drop two parachutists from the aircraft over a red clay pan and for the aircraft to land so that the parachutists could be returned to Kalgoorlle. The clay pan was inspected by one of the parachutists some two weeks previously but he had no particular qualifications to assess the suitability of the proposed landing area. He informed the pilot that the area was suitable and, subject to an aerial inspection, the pilot accepted this advice. Since the ground inspection, about forty points of rain had fallen in the area. When the parachutists made their descent and landed on the clay pan they sank through the salt crust at a depth of 9 Inches into the boggy sub-surface. They then moved to the edge of the clay pan and the pilot made a low fly past to Inspect the surface but the efforts of the parachutists to warn him were misunderstood. The aircraft approached to land and touched down several hundred yards from the parachutists. When the nosewheel contacted the surface It broke through the crust and ploughed a furrow through the mud. The aircraft then slowly overturned and came to rest Inverted.
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General details
Date: 21 September 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545 WST  
Location   (show map):north-east of Kalgoorlle Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 22 June 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-RHC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kalgoorlie
Departure time:1515
Destination:N. E. Kalgoorlle
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